The first games are in the books (in the case of Uruguay and South Africa, the first two). To be blunt, the first round has been largely disappointing, as many teams have been tentative in feeling each other out with a lack of flair, or “Joga Bonita” (play beautifully). Now that many teams will be desperate for points, one can only hope the goals start to fly in.



JOHN SHIMER

BIO | ARCHIVE


I’m not sure what American soccer fans were anticipating more, the start of the World Cup or their team’s first big match with European giant England.



JOHN SHIMER

BIO | ARCHIVE


The latest celebration injury occurred in Los Angeles, as UCLA second baseman Tyler Rahmatulla, one of the Bruins’ top hitters, will miss the College World Series after breaking his wrist during a pile-up celebration after the team's regional title. This happened three weeks after Angels first baseman Kendry Morales broke his leg during a celebration at home plate for his walk-off home run.

Following Kobe Bryant's 38-point effort Sunday night in Game 5 of the NBA finals, we decided to look for the best individual performances against the Celtics in playoff history. Check out our results at the LEEInks blog.

The latest controversy from Jets minicamp came Monday when cornerback Darrelle Revis sat out a drill as a message to management: "Something just to let them know I can play and I can not play," Revis said. However, he had told coach Rex Ryan he needed to sit because he didn't feel well.

The trainer who allegedly injected Roger Clemens told authorities the former pitcher used money from his nonprofit organization to pay him, according to a New York Times report. Clemens' lawyer denied the accusations, and he continues to deny Clemens paid Brian McNamee for performance-enhancing drugs. Read more about that story at Monday's Morning Mashup.

It has been said that England would win the World Cup if American starting goalkeeper Tim Howard was manning the pipes for the Three Lions – I agree wholeheartedly with that statement. 



JOHN SHIMER

BIO | ARCHIVE


Clint Dempsey's fluke goal in the first half gave the United States a draw with England in their first World Cup match in South Africa. English goalkeeper Robert Green mishandled Dempsey's long shot to even the score after Steven Gerrard had given England a quick lead minutes into the match. United States goalie Tim Howard had a very strong game in net thwarting numerous attempts by England in the second half. The United States will now face Slovenia on Friday, June 18th.

Fairly or unfairly, the United States has had to face a top-eight FIFA ranked World Cup team in the first game of the group stage in each of the past three World Cups – Germany in 1998 (2-0 loss), Portugal in 2002 (3-2 win), and the Czech Republic in 20



JOHN SHIMER

BIO | ARCHIVE